Chief Press Secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Terver Akase, has described Benue flood, which has displaced many residents and submerged houses, as a disaster which is beyond human control.
Akase, who made this known on Channels Television on Friday, said the flood which began on Sunday, August 27, affected residents of Nyiman BIPC Housing Estate, Achusa districts and many other parts of the state capital.
He agreed that the disaster has wreaked huge havoc on the state, noting that it could have been avoided if the government were more prepared and the people less negligent.
“As a government, we feel that this shouldn’t have happened but it has happened. It is a natural disaster. Many families are without homes now; many people are displaced.
“The flood is both natural and man-made because, perhaps we neglected some of the things that we should have done as a people. I am not blaming Benue people. Perhaps, the government failed to do something before now. That is why it has become emergency.
“It is man-made because drainages have been blocked and the State Government under Samuel Ortom has been telling people to dump their refuse at dump sites,” he said.
Akase also lauded the Federal Government for its swift intervention adding that more ecological funds were needed by the State Government to manage flood disaster in the state.